Thomas Britton, the Musical Coalman

Born in Northamptonshire in 1654 and came to London as a boy to be apprenticed for seven years to a ‘vendor of small coals – charcoal’. He set up his own business in Jerusalem Passage. Passionate about music, a musician and book collector, Britton starts London’s first Music Society. Accessible only by a rather rickety … Read More

How To Make Millions From a Duck Pond

Open House Festival runs from Thursday 8 to Thursday 22 September and Islington Guided Walks is delighted to have been offered the opportunity by two fascinating historical sites to enhance our Fluid Islington tour which proved so popular last year. This year’s tour, called How To Make Millions From a Duck Pond, tells the story … Read More


Why visit this area? A walk through Clerkenwell is a journey into a thousand years of history. Once a pastoral tranquillity of rural religious houses and one of London’s early medieval suburbs with its wells, rivers and Mystery Plays.  More up to date it has one of the first Underground stations and the latest Crossrail … Read More